Pest Identification

Learn More About the Pests Invading Your Home

Types of Roaches Most Commonly Found

If you’ve seen one cockroach you’ve seen them all, right? Not really. The Blattodea order contains over 4,500 different species of cockroach including the Cuban burrowing cockroach, the Madagascan hissing cockroach, and the 3-inch long rhinoceros cockroach. But unless you live in a tropical forest, it is highly unlikely you will ever see any of these Blattodea species scurrying across you countertop. If you’re like most people, you have only been annoyed, frightened, and creeped out by one of the four species of cockroach considered pests: the American, German, Oriental, Asian, or brown banded cockroach.

The reddish brown American cockroach is number one when it comes to size. At 1.6 to 2 inches in length the roach born in the U.S.A. is almost twice the size of the Oriental roach and three to four times as big as Asian and German cockroaches. However, like many, the cockroach has an immigrant past. It was originally introduced to North America from Africa in the early 1600’s. Today the American roach is a world traveler which has stowed away on ships to extend its range to the Canary Islands, Spain, Greece, and India.

American cockroaches might need ships to conquer the world but they are pretty fast when it comes to land travel. In scientific experiments, the roach has been known to achieve speeds of 3.5 miles per hour. While that might not sound like much, the critter can scuttle about 50 of its body lengths in one second. That’s comparable to a human running 210 mph. Try that next time someone comes in a room and turns on a light.

German and Asian cockroaches, which are nearly identical, cannot move as fast as American cockroaches. But they are just as pesky as their American cousins – and just as disgusting! Like all cockroach species, the German and Asian varieties contaminate food with their droppings which can transmit bacterial diseases to humans. The result of roaches in your pantry might be food poisoning, dysentery, or diarrhea. Ewww! So if you see roaches of whatever species, fight back. Lay down some bait traps like Combat Roach Killing Bait Strips or Combat Source Kill Max Roach Killing Gel. That’ll put the roaches on the run and guarantee that they won’t come back.